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Hershey Medical Center sees slight uptick in total coronavirus cases, amount under investigation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey is treating 16 confirmed COVID-19 patients with 4 now under investigation, the facility said Saturday. That total of 16 is an increase …

Pennsylvania sees huge jump in coronavirus deaths, as total number of cases tops 10,000

Pennsylvania saw its largest increase by far in coronavirus deaths in numbers released Saturday — 34, for 136 deaths total from the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Health also …

Gov. Wolf, Levine now advocate wearing masks when leaving house to slow coronavirus spread

In a change from previous suggestions since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday has asked all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask or bandanna when leaving their …

Today is the last day for businesses to apply for non-life-sustaining waiver; 5,693 approved

Businesses have until 5 p.m. today to apply to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for a waiver to be open during the COVID-19 emergency. Businesses that DCED considers …

Hershey Medical Center still treating 15 coronavirus cases, with 2 more under investigation

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey is still treating 15 confirmed COVID-19 patients with 2 now under investigation, the facility said Friday. That total of 15 is the …

Pennsylvania coronavirus deaths top 100 as total number of cases increases by largest amount yet

More than 100 people have died in Pennsylvania from COVID-19, the state Department of Health reported Friday, and the number of new coronavirus cases continued its trend of growing at a rate larger …

You can't catch coronavirus through food, state's top ag officials tell Pennsylvanians

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Department of Agriculture Food Safety Director Jeff Warner today said there is no evidence that human or animal food or food packaging is associated with …

Lower Swatara police investigating possible arson case in apartment

The Lower Swatara Police Department is investigating a possible arson at a Campus Heights apartment, according to Acting Chief Dan Tingle. Officers and the Lower Swatara Fire Department were …
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Local sports

What changes are coming to trout season because of coronavirus? Can I still fish during the pandemic?

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has made several changes to the 2020 trout season because of the coronavirus pandemic, in an effort to protect the safety of the public and staff, while …

Blue Raider Guckavan’s swimming quest at states on hold, might not happen this year

By Jason Maddux jasonmaddux@pressandjournal.com Middletown Area High School sophomore Gavin Guckavan will have to wait to participate in his first PIAA state swim meet. The question is, for …

Penn State building new turf field, will be home to men's and women's soccer and provide practice space

Penn State Harrisburg is set to add to its athletic facilities with the construction of a new multipurpose turf field adjacent to the Education Activities Building, with the project set for …

PIAA suspends basketball, boys and girls swimming and diving events; MAHS athlete was to take part

PIAA Board of Directors decided Thursday by a unanimous vote to suspend the PIAA basketball and AA boys and girls swimming and diving championships for minimally a two-week period. The AAA …

MAHS wrestling standouts Fegley, Spear, Reinnagel end careers at Giant Center for states

Middletown senior wrestlers Quincy Reinnagel, Joey Spear and Luke Fegley ended their high school careers over the weekend at the state PIAA championship tournament in Hershey — widely …

Guckavan ready for state swimming, even though MAHS doesn’t have team

Middletown Area High School doesn’t have a varsity swim team, but one of its student-athletes will compete this week at the PIAA swimming and diving championships. Gavin Guckavan, a …

Many Blue Raider sports might soon be streamed live on the Internet

Middletown Blue Raiders fans soon might be able to stream their favorite teams’ games. The Middletown Area School Board agreed to pay $7,000 to participate in the NFHS Network School …

Crowd banned because of coronavirus fears, but Penn State Harrisburg pulls off big hoops upset

Special to the Press & JournalBALTIMORE — Many people counted Penn State Harrisburg out of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament before it even started Friday. An …
Local news

Lower Swatara Township employee tests negative for coronavirus; staff keeping building clean

The Lower Swatara Township public works employee who was suspected to have COVID-19 has tested negative, township manager Betsy McBride told the Press & Journal on Friday morning.  She …

Need help with rent? Food bank locations? Utilities? Jobless, military benefits? Here's a list of contacts

Dauphin County commissioners want everyone to know that help is available for residents worried about paying for food, rent and other necessities in the wake of coronavirus-related closures, they …

Air National Guard’s 193rd, based at HIA, helps at Montgomery County coronavirus testing site

About 40 members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing, based at Harrisburg International Airport, have been on the front line fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at …

Middletown Borough Council cancels April 7 meeting over fear of spreading coronavirus

Middletown Borough Council has canceled its scheduled April 7 meeting, due to concerns over spreading the coronavirus and the need to maintain social distancing, borough Manager Ken Klinepeter told …

Pa. attorney general: Look out for scams trying to capitalize on coronavirus unemployment rates

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today warned Pennsylvanians that scammers are trying to take advantage of the historic rise in unemployment across the state by using fake unemployment filing websites …

3 virtual marriage licenses in Dauphin County: register of wills uses video during pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 emergency declaration and closure of the Dauphin County Courthouse, the Dauphin County register of wills and clerk of orphans’ court has developed virtual processes …

Health Secretary Levine offers key tip on helping kids deal with coronavirus, other notes from Thursday

State Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine had a message for parents during her daily news conference Thursday about the coronavirus. Levine, who was a pediatrician, said children take …
Editorials

In dealing with the coronavirus, listen to the experts and we will beat this: Editorial

Looking at where we’ve come in just a week regarding the coronavirus gives us concerns about where we will be in a month or so. Last week’s editorial urged everyone to remain calm and …
Columnists

Pa. lawmakers must act now to slow coronavirus crisis, avoid regulatory straitjacket: Nathan Benefield

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania workers, health care providers, and students and families are faced with unprecedented obstacles that demand action from Harrisburg. …

On business closures, ‘say what you mean, mean what you say, Mr. Governor’: Dave Arnold

In these uncertain times, it is critical that public officials be able to disseminate factual information for the good of constituents. Effective and efficient communication is vital at a moment like …

Child porn bill will help protect children: Dave Arnold

I’ve been in law enforcement for more than 18 years. I was elected district attorney in Lebanon County and served in that capacity from Jan. 1, 2006, through Jan. 28, 2020, when I resigned to …
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